Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2010

19-2031 Chemists

Conduct qualitative and quantitative chemical analyses or experiments in laboratories for quality or process control or to develop new products or knowledge. Excludes "Geoscientists, Except Hydrologists and Geographers" (19-2042) and "Biochemists and Biophysicists" (19-1021).


National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
Geographic profile for this occupation

National estimates for this occupation: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
80,180 1.9 % $35.21 $73,240 0.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $18.87 $24.04 $32.85 $44.40 $55.83
Annual Wage (2) $39,250 $50,010 $68,320 $92,360 $116,130


Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Scientific Research and Development Services 15,350 2.50 $39.18 $81,490
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 15,170 5.38 $34.68 $72,140
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 10,120 0.79 $28.85 $60,010
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 5,780 0.28 $50.10 $104,210
Basic Chemical Manufacturing 3,910 2.74 $34.98 $72,760

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing 15,170 5.38 $34.68 $72,140
Paint, Coating, and Adhesive Manufacturing 1,940 3.43 $35.36 $73,560
Basic Chemical Manufacturing 3,910 2.74 $34.98 $72,760
Scientific Research and Development Services 15,350 2.50 $39.18 $81,490
Soap, Cleaning Compound, and Toilet Preparation Manufacturing 2,260 2.24 $32.34 $67,260

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Oil and Gas Extraction 180 0.12 $50.94 $105,960
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 5,780 0.28 $50.10 $104,210
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 130 0.03 $43.07 $89,580
Other Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing 120 0.05 $39.64 $82,460
Scientific Research and Development Services 15,350 2.50 $39.18 $81,490


Geographic profile for this occupation: Top

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 10,870 0.78 1.23 $39.06 $81,240
New Jersey 5,640 1.50 2.37 $36.63 $76,190
Texas 5,080 0.50 0.80 $34.87 $72,530
Pennsylvania 4,250 0.78 1.23 $33.15 $68,940
New York 3,980 0.48 0.76 $35.78 $74,430




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Delaware 1,910 4.80 7.61 $42.00 $87,350
New Jersey 5,640 1.50 2.37 $36.63 $76,190
Maryland 3,550 1.44 2.28 $47.54 $98,890
Massachusetts 3,560 1.14 1.81 $40.01 $83,220
Indiana 2,470 0.91 1.44 $29.62 $61,610




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
District of Columbia 340 0.53 0.84 $53.85 $112,000
Maryland 3,550 1.44 2.28 $47.54 $98,890
New Mexico 390 0.50 0.79 $45.54 $94,730
Delaware 1,910 4.80 7.61 $42.00 $87,350
Massachusetts 3,560 1.14 1.81 $40.01 $83,220

Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 2,510 0.50 0.80 $39.56 $82,280
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 2,360 1.42 2.26 $40.79 $84,830
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 2,330 1.29 2.05 $36.52 $75,950
Newark-Union, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 2,300 2.42 3.83 $37.81 $78,650
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 2,200 1.78 2.82 $45.32 $94,260
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 2,130 0.56 0.89 $32.45 $67,490
Edison-New Brunswick, NJ Metropolitan Division 1,970 2.04 3.24 $35.31 $73,450
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 1,960 0.79 1.25 $39.88 $82,940
Wilmington, DE-MD-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,920 6.11 9.68 $42.27 $87,920
Bethesda-Frederick-Gaithersburg, MD Metropolitan Division 1,670 3.02 4.79 $54.38 $113,110




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Kennewick-Pasco-Richland, WA 590 6.17 9.78 $42.89 $89,220
Wilmington, DE-MD-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,920 6.11 9.68 $42.27 $87,920
College Station-Bryan, TX 450 4.90 7.77 $22.48 $46,750
Durham, NC 1,010 3.78 5.98 $39.18 $81,500
Bethesda-Frederick-Gaithersburg, MD Metropolitan Division 1,670 3.02 4.79 $54.38 $113,110
Pine Bluff, AR 100 3.02 4.79 $42.04 $87,440
Boulder, CO 450 2.94 4.67 $36.80 $76,550
Framingham, MA NECTA Division 390 2.55 4.04 $42.94 $89,310
Columbia, MO 200 2.47 3.92 $27.40 $56,980
Newark-Union, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 2,300 2.42 3.83 $37.81 $78,650




Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Bethesda-Frederick-Gaithersburg, MD Metropolitan Division 1,670 3.02 4.79 $54.38 $113,110
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 1,230 0.54 0.85 $52.36 $108,900
Bakersfield, CA 110 0.44 0.69 $49.06 $102,040
Albuquerque, NM (8) (8) (8) $48.82 $101,540
Peoria, IL 70 0.39 0.62 $47.83 $99,500
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 1,250 1.32 2.09 $47.40 $98,600
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 2,200 1.78 2.82 $45.32 $94,260
Winston-Salem, NC 40 0.22 0.35 $43.86 $91,220
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 860 1.01 1.60 $43.65 $90,800
Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford, MA-NH NECTA Division 190 1.69 2.68 $43.54 $90,560

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 220 0.82 1.29 $26.15 $54,380
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 190 0.51 0.80 $25.96 $54,000
Other North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 180 0.64 1.01 $26.04 $54,160
East Idaho nonmetropolitan area 130 2.64 4.18 $49.31 $102,560
Southwest / Southeast Indiana nonmetropolitan area 120 0.77 1.21 $29.29 $60,920

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
East Idaho nonmetropolitan area 130 2.64 4.18 $49.31 $102,560
Other Nevada nonmetropolitan area 70 1.39 2.20 $37.64 $78,280
Western Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 110 0.84 1.33 (8) (8)
Upper Savannah South Carolina nonmetropolitan area 90 0.82 1.30 $30.45 $63,330
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 220 0.82 1.29 $26.15 $54,380

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
East Idaho nonmetropolitan area 130 2.64 4.18 $49.31 $102,560
Northeastern Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 80 0.72 1.14 $46.45 $96,610
Northeastern Virginia nonmetropolitan area 30 0.69 1.09 $44.29 $92,130
Gulf Coast Texas nonmetropolitan area 60 0.52 0.82 $41.65 $86,630
Northeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 70 0.72 1.14 $41.63 $86,590


About May 2010 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors, all metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas, and all states and the District of Columbia. The top employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

The percentile wage estimate is the value of a wage below which a certain percent of workers fall. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate--50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly mean wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

(8) Estimate not released.

(9) The location quotient is the ratio of the area concentration of occupational employment to the national average concentration. A location quotient greater than one indicates the occupation has a higher share of employment than average, and a location quotient less than one indicates the occupation is less prevalent in the area than average.


Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2010 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

List of Occupations in SOC Code Number Order

List of Occupations in Alphabetical Order

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Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: May 17, 2011

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